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Roachdale Elementary Robotics Club receives Mary Allison Children’s Trust grant


The Roachdale Elementary Robotics Club demonstrates their challenge field and displays their team shirts to a few members of the Mary Allison Children’s Trust Board. Front row, left to right, Camryn Riggle, Nathan Walker, James Thomas, Owen Thurman, Aaron Miles, Will Smith, Heath Livingston. Back row, left to right, Julie Evans, Jason Walker, Ginger Scott, Jeff Kiger and Jim Jackson. Christian Kramer was not available for the photo. (Courtesy Photo) The Roachdale Elementary Robotics Club demonstrates their challenge field and displays their team shirts to a few members of the Mary Allison Children’s Trust Board. Front row, left to right, Camryn Riggle, Nathan Walker, James Thomas, Owen Thurman, Aaron Miles, Will Smith, Heath Livingston. Back row, left to right, Julie Evans, Jason Walker, Ginger Scott, Jeff Kiger and Jim Jackson. Christian Kramer was not available for the photo. (Courtesy Photo) Beginning in the fall of 2016 the Mary Allison Children’s Trust board of directors began a projects program. Each semester the applications are distributed to the elementary schools to present a project to the projects committee.

For the fall of 2017 the recipient of the projects fund was Roachdale Elementary School Robotics Club.

The project covered the purchase of Vex IQ Challenge field, Ringmaster Element Kit, Competition T-shirts, Competition registration and Robot Motor/ Controller Brain/parts in the amount of $1000.

The benefits of the students participating in the robotics program: during the process of building and modifying their robot, the entire club worked together finding weaknesses and improving the design. When the students felt an area could be improved upon, the individual students came up with several hypothesis of how to make an improvement. They then broke up into small groups in order to build solutions.

Once they completed a possible solution they would test it on the robot in front of everybody. The entire group would then decide if it improved in a manner they found satisfactory. This whole process really stretched their critical thinking and opened their imagination.

The matches are an excellent area of growth for the students. Each match consists of two teams made up of two children per team operating two robots simultaneously on the same game field.

The teams being from different schools must meet before each match to come up with a game plan to maximize the chances of scoring. They must know and discuss their robots strengths and weaknesses in order to maximize the ability to score points. This whole interaction hones their verbal communication skills and further develops excellence in team work.

Applications for the 2017-18 second semester have been distributed to the schools and the application deadline is Feb. 16, 2018. Elementary schools are the board’s main focus; however middle schools and high schools are also welcome to apply for project funding.

Applications may be obtained by calling 765- 655-2333 or email gscott@wabashcapital.com.

Recipients of the fall 2016 and spring of 2017 was Tzouanakis Intermediate “Hygiene Kits” and Deer Meadow Primary “Calming Sensory Kits.”

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